Let me preface this post by saying I feel like I have become an expert on this topic over the years…and not only cause I’ve been a hairstylist for the last 14 years. Having had 2 babies, I have lived through everything I am about to post about,So any questions, feel free to ask!! This post doesn’t just have to be for new moms either. If you are a Grandma, Aunt,Sister or just have a friend of someone with a new baby- feel free to share this post!! I am writing this cause It’s amazing to me how many of my clients through the years had no idea just how bad your hair can be AFTER you have a baby. This post is intended to share some info on what can be expected, as well as some great quick but cute styles you can do in the mornings to keep away from the dreaded “mom hair”. (I am by no means being hateful or judging by saying that- it’s all in a fun and joking manor:) )
Remember during the 9 months you were pregnant how full, thick, shiny and pretty your hair was?? I LOVED my hair while I was pregnant. It got so long, it was so full. It cooperated. Even when I went longer between getting it colored it was still shiny and pretty. During pregnancy your hair doesn’t shed or fall out as much as it does on a normal basis (which is 80-100 hairs a day on average). On top of that you are taking prenatal vitamins and probably eating a little healthier then usual. Top that all off with all the added hormones and you have a recipe for some great looking, beautiful, model worthy hair. I know, it doesn’t happen in every case, but in most people I know and have talked to it does. Fast forward to a few months after you bring your precious little bundle of joy into the world. Somewhere around the 4 to 6 month postpartum period (different for every women, but that seems to be the normal time frame and if you are nursing, some people don’t notice this full effect til they quit), you will start to notice some interesting and very frustrating developments with your hair.
- You will start losing hair by the hand fulls. No joke. You will unplug the drains in your house weekly. You will sweep up enough hair off your floor with your vacuum to be able to make a wig. You will find your hairs on every surface of your house, car, bed, children……:)You will begin to wonder how it’s even possible to still have hair left on your head. Trust me- I’ve seen it happen twice. Worse part….it goes on for a LONG time. In these pictures below (time of the original blog post), I was 9 months and 2 weeks postpartum. So prepare yourself. It will most likely happen to you too. If not, count yourself in the very lucky minority!!
2. You will begin to get a very interesting hairline. This photo below is what I was sporting at 9 month postpartum. Gotta love it. I have seen girls who loose it all straight down the middle and end up with a short little mohawk up the center of their head. I’ve seen side burn looking pieces appear (I also am sporting those, just hiding them well). I’ve seen people who never have bangs suddenly start wearing them, whether it be on purpose to cover up the crazy hairline pieces or the hairline growing back in or what has broken off is just THAT bad that it looks like bangs. I’ve seen many different variations of it. None of them are fun. At some point it WILL start to look better, promise. For me it took about 2 years after I had my oldest….and then I got pregnant again. Currently at 3 years postpartum from my youngest, my spots that fell out are about 8 inches long and blend decently in with the rest of my hair. Remember, hair on average grows about a half in a month, so it takes a while to grow back in!
3. What can you do to fix it?? Other then take vitamins like Biotin to encourage your hair to keep growing, Nothing really. You just have to wait it out and try your best to style your hair around it to hide the crazy pieces and bald spots. I suggest getting a good deep conditioner (Loreal PROFESSIONAL Intense Repair Masque is my absolute favorite!! Notice I did not say Loreal from the grocery store…..huge difference. Trust me your hair will thank you:))to keep your drier then normal hair moisturized and conditioned. In salon deep conditioning treatments are another great option. Other then that finding some new,easy ways to wear your hair helps.
What did I do??? I’m lucky enough to have naturally curly hair, so alot of times I just scrunched my hair and wore it natural. I threw in hair accessories so it looked like I at least tried.
….Or I just throw on a hat:) If you ever see me out and about on my day off, this is most likely how you will find me.
I also mentioned sharing some easy, quick hairstyles that any new mom can add to her daily routine. I know it’s hard to get up in the morning and have any desire (or time) to do your own hair. You’re running on ZERO sleep, you have small humans pulling you in every direction asking for a snack, or a toy they can’t find, or their shoes tied,they want nursed for the 50th time that morning or they’re screaming at the top of their lungs cause they can’t talk and they need a diaper change. Here are a few quick styles I enjoy and thought you might too.
1)Low, wavy pony tail. A great variation of the typical pony tail. This one just takes a few seconds and looks like you put some effort into your style. If your hair isn’t naturally wavy, and you have a few extra min, just wrap a few sections of your hair around a curling iron to get this same effect.
2) The Side Braid. This one became a favorite of mine. I get alot of compliments on it too which always makes me laugh. Add in a flower or a cute headband and voila- it looks dressy! 🙂
3) The low twisted Chignon- I like this one alot in the summer to get hair up off my neck when its really hot. I also like to add a stretchy headband and then wrap the hair around the band to give the front of this style some interest and bling.
4) Twisted half up half down- This one is cute with straight or wavy hair, and super quick and easy in the mornings. If you like a little height, tease the crown section of your hair before twisting back your sides back.
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